Just a heads-up here. MySpace is but one of many places where I've been spreading the word on Eppy and the movie. Well. It seems that, from now on, I'll only stop by there when absolutely necessary.
MySpace users hit by hacker virus
The Daily Mail, 18th Aug 2006
Users of the popular MySpace website have been warned by computer experts that viruses linked to the interactive site, which boasts more than one million regular users, are in circulation.
Experts believe that hackers have hit the hugely popular site and say the viruses in circulation can change settings, delete files, secretly track users' movements online and even damage computers.
They believe that the hackers have hidden dangerous software on the site which means that computers can be attacked unaware to users while they are just viewing pages.
"There is a very real threat to users of MySpace, and in fact we have already seen several MySpace specific viruses emerge," Graham Cluley of computer security company Sophos told the Standard Lite newspaper.
The site is hugely popular, especially with teenagers, and it has recorded growing numbers of users in recent months, now accounting for 4.5 per cent of all internet traffic.
However, its popularity has also led to it becoming a target for scams.
Mr Cluley believes the current virus can be blamed on the site's teenage appeal.
"The problem is that people tend to let their guard down because they think the site is safe. But even a picture of a fluffy bunny rabbit on the site can contain a hidden piece of software that could harm your machine," he said.
"We've also seen pages that contain code to automatically spread viruses through MySpace's buddy system, which lets you add friends to your profile."
There were a few reader comments at the end. My favorite was:
About time. MySpace is the equivalent of a dirty bathroom in cyberspace, and 90% of people who use it don't know the first thing about computers, and frankly shouldn't be using the Internet. What a target-rich environment!Hmm! I've always had an uneasy feeling when logged into MySpace, but couldn't quite put my finger on it. I figured it was just all the commercial crap shoved in your face. I could pretty much ignore that with other sites, but for some reason the plethora of commercialism on MySpace is more irritating.
A little bit more googling for research uncovered a July 18 entry on the McAfee blog.
Also, this article appealed to my sense of humor.
Now I see that subconsciously I realized that, the way MySpace is set up, it's a virus waiting to happen.
For now, I'll stick to going to that target-rich environment only when absolutely necessary, thank you.
p.s. In case you're wondering, I'm still working up today's post for the 39th anniversary of Brian's death.